A Question of Upbringing is the first of 12 novels that make up Powell's opus A Dance to the Music of Time. The theme behind these books is the accidental nature of our relationships. The stories cover the lives of four main characters. In this first book, the setting is England in the 1920s, and the characters are still boys, in their final years of boarding school. The entire 12 books cover these same characters all the way through the 1970s as their lives drift apart and then come back together through fate and odd circumstance. This first story was light and witty and includes the usual pranks performed by school boys. The humor was subtle and the plot was very meandering. After finishing this first book, I realize that this is the type of book that just flows and doesn't really get from one place to the other. A good intro to the characters. Not sure if I'm up to 11 more novels like this, but an enjoyable read.